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Philadelphia Flyers GM wants more scoring from Sean Couturier

Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall was content to remain mostly silent this summer, preferring to build around his playoff squad with small signings and a vote of confidence for the status quo. One player he won’t accept the status quo from is young forward Sean Couturier. While Couturier has quickly blossomed into one of the best young defensive forwards, his scoring production has lagged — a fact that isn’t lost on Hextall.

“There’s another level. A couple of levels for Coots and you’re damn right, we expect it,” Hextall told CSN Philly. “He needs to push harder north.”

Couturier managed a career-high 39 points in 82 games played last season. It was his third season in the NHL and while Hextall acknowledged that it’s usually the offense that comes first for a forward in the NHL, he appreciated Couturier’s defensive prowess. That said, the onus is still on the young forward to get up ice quicker and contribute more on offense.

“It’s a little bit of a mentality,” Hextall continued, “a little bit of an attitude, but there’s going to be expectations placed on him that haven’t been [there] up to this point. He’s a young player and rightfully so, there has not been expectations from him to produce at a high level, but he’s been in the league long enough now where he needs to push the bar, offensively.”